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Bridges for Kids Philosophy | Enrolling in Bridges for Kids | Volunteering for Bridges | Model Moms

bridges for kids


Bridges for Kids promotes the acceptance of children for who they are. There are no distinctions made for race, color, creed or family background. One definition of a "bridge" is: a means of connecting two different parts. Bridges for Kids connects adults who want to provide positive experiences to children from stressful home environments. Trained volunteers become mentors to children. The resulting relationships give children opportunities for activities that will result in increased self-esteem and a greater feeling of worth. The Bridges for Kids program began in January of 1980 as the Coalition for Children. It now provides children, ages 5 to 12, with positive adult role models. Each child is paired with a trained adult volunteer with whom they spend a few hours a week doing one-on-one activities. By establishing a trusting relationship, the child is provided with the opportunity to develop a positive self-image. Monthly group activities are also sponsored by the program.

Children and their families are also referred to agencies to help connect them with services that can help strengthen the family unit.


If there is a child in your life who could benefit from our program, please stop by the front desk at the YWCA, or call 753-9651 to begin the application process or e-mail bridges@cortlandywca.org

  • Become a friend to a child
  • Reach out a helping hand
  • Increase a child's self-esteem
  • Develop positive attitudes
  • Generate pleasant memories
  • Expand a child's world
  • Share yourself . . . watch a smile grow!
To be a volunteer one needs to:
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Enjoy being with children
  • Be willing to commit to at least 3 hours a week
If you are interested in volunteering, please stop by the YWCA, call 753-9651, or fill out our on-line volunteer form.

model moms

Model Moms is a free parenting program that provides support and companionship to moms of all ages. Model Moms provides a holistic approach to parenting by incorporating exercise, nutrition, food preparation, family budgeting, and good parenting techniques in a comfortable and social environment. Designed to give moms "me" time, child care for younger children is provided free of charge at the YWCA's Drop-In Child Care Center.

Model Moms is made possible through the collaboration of the following:

YWCA's Bridges for Kids program YWCA's Aid to Victims of Violence, Prevention Education program YWCA's Drop-in Childcare Center YWCA's Health and Fitness program Cornell Cooperative Extension, Nutrition Education program Family Connections, Pregnancy Helps program

To enroll, contact:

607-753-9651 or bridges@cortlandywca.org

    YWCA of Cortland - 14 Clayton Avenue - Cortland, NY 13045
    email: info@cortlandywca.org - Phone: 607-753-9651 - Fax: 607-753-8774